As of August 11, 2021, George Mason University will require all individuals on our campus to wear masks indoors, including classrooms and laboratories, regardless of vaccination status. For more information, please see Mason’s updated mask policy.
We are pleased to announce the release of Content Blocks, a major overhaul and evolution of Resource Groups, which will now be retired. Content Blocks are more flexible, easier to use, and easier to maintain than Resource Groups.
The multistory Word Wall feature in the atrium of Horizon Hall, in the center of Mason's Fairfax Campus, is a striking representation of the concept of a crossroad where faculty and students in many disciplines can meet and exchange ideas. Learn about how it works and how you can contribute to its conversation.
Keeping your current faculty and staff bios up-to-date is a best practice for both website maintenance and marketing. This resource from the CHSS Web Team provides directions for updating "People" pages on your website and updating your bios.
The Mason ITS team is working to simplify and improve its virtual meetings service offerings and they have announced that they are gradually phasing out Webex. Between now and July 2021 WebEx users will need to move from the WebEx suite of applications (Meetings, Events, and Training) and WebEx Teams to alternate solutions.
Adding annual awards to the CHSSWeb system is easy and quick, and it creates a year-by-year record of some of the college's most distinguished students. This step-by-step list gets the job done in a hurry!
We have added a new report subscription system and launched our first report: a nightly list of newly-added articles and events. All editors are subscribed to this report by default. You can manage your subscriptions from your bio edit page.
ITS and CHSS have resolved the problem which was causing false positives in the link checker. We will re-scan all sites this weekend. If you are concerned, you can rescan your site from the broken link report page.
You will soon be required to use two factor authentication (2FA) to log into CHSSWeb and any other systems that rely on Mason's central authentication service. If you have not registered for 2FA, please do so.
This weekend we received the Banner data on a large number of our new faculty and staff. Their bare-bones bios are now on your sites. These new bios can be edited by site editors or by the faculty and staff members themselves.
It is with sadness that the College of Humanities and Social Sciences informs the George Mason University community of the death of Dr. Walter Mircea-Pines, a faculty member and colleague within the Department of Modern and Classical Languages.
We've added a tool you can use to let other site editors know you have a new article or event. You choose the sites you want to notify, their editors receive your message, and they can feature your content with one click.
We have made the new tagging feature visible to the public. Thank you for the work you did tagging your courses, course sections and programs. Please take a few minutes to read what we learned as we reviewed the tags you added.
Thank you for responding to our News Brief survey. It seems you like categories but are not wedded to them or to having the categories on the home page. Read on for a link to the survey results and an explanation of what we learned.
Site editors can now tag programs, courses, and course sections. On October 28 we will begin displaying these tags on the public sites to cross-promote our offerings and we would like to have content tagged by October 27. Please read on to find out what you can do to make sure your department's courses are well-represented.
We have deployed a set of design changes which we hope make our sites look a bit more fashionable. The changes primarily affect typography and spacing. We also removed most 3D elements such as shadows. We hope you like the changes.
It's awards time. If you find yourself creating each award anew every year, you are creating extra work for yourself. Please review the instructions for entering awards and contact the CHSSWeb team if you have questions.
We've had a few recent emails on the theme of "OMG! There's an editor on our site who shouldn't be there anymore!" We can fix that for you if you let us know. You'll find the list at the lower-left corner of the dashboard. Please let us know if anyone should be removed.
How do you talk to your students and prospective students about the value of a degree in the Humanities and Social Sciences? We have added a new section to the CHSS site: Career Outcomes. Let us know what you think.
Well, autumn is actually here but the Spring course sections arrived in CHSSWeb this morning. They are available on your sites, in your administrative tools, and on individual faculty bio edit pages. Please keep in mind that changes to the course schedule will be reflected in CHSSWeb a few days after they are available in the schedule of classes.
Since we added the performance level scores, we have seen great improvement in the currency of your content... and we have heard a few questions about the how we calculate the score, particularly regarding broken links and information about part-time faculty. Here's our reasoning about these.
The purposes of your program pages and your information for current student pages overlap somewhat. To help students get to the right place, you should cross-link these pages. This describes how to add the links to the program and concentration pages.
We have finished coding and beta testing the new design. We are currently making changes based on what we learned during testing. We are hoping to release the design for your review by the end of the week.
We are experimenting with a new help, ticketing and feedback system. Please let us know what you think. We have added a few help documents for testing purposes and will add more if we adopt the system permanently. Look for the help icon in the bottom-right of the screen.
We sent our survey to twenty-five individuals and received fourteen responses. The respondents represent thirty different sites, including five centers, five departments, and many individual programs. Thank you very much for taking the time to respond.
We are currently testing various technical approaches to the design. We are also making upgrades to the system in preparation for the design and we are gathering feedback from the site editors and other constituents.
We have updated the courses in CHSSWeb to match the 2012 catalog. We have also re-run last night's Banner import to bring in scheduled sections of newly-added courses. We are still in the process of updating the program descriptions to match the new catalog.
System Upgrade Complete
The CHSSWeb team completed an upgrade of our core systems last week. We are now running the latest versions of Ruby and Rails. Since the upgrade, our sites are running approximately one third faster. Thank you for your patience during the upgrade process.
Are you confused about where the information about courses and sections on your website comes from? Do you want to know how to edit this information or upload a syllabus? This and more is available on the CHSSWeb help site. Information about "Courses and Sections" has been recently revised.
The help site for CHSSWeb has a new look. It includes a completely revised navigation. We hope these changes make it easier for web editors to find the help they need as quickly as possible. Send comments and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is now possible to have top level navigation on webpages. This is useful for pages that have complex internal organization. It helps organize a subsection of a website to make the information more accessible to users. For an example, follow the Read More to see the help section for the Events Application. Contact CHSSWeb if you are interested in using this feature on a page of your website.